Professor Alan Smyth
Prof Smyth is a professor of child health at the University of Nottingham and an honorary consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at NUH. He also sees children with asthma, TB, HIV, specialist respiratory problems and general paediatric problems.
He is a member of the Nottingham Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, has a major research interest in novel ways of treating infection in cystic fibrosis and is a member of a group with ongoing projects looking at inhibition of bacterial communication. He also has an established interest in strategies to minimise the toxicity of drugs used in the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis, particularly aminoglycosides.
He is director of the Medicines for Children Research Network East (MCRN-East), part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, which supports research to make patients and the NHS better. He is also co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group.
Professor Harish Vyas
Prof Vyas received his medical degree from Guy’s Hospital, London and has trained at Westminster Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Nottingham Children's Hospital. He was an MRC research fellow in Nottingham for three years, completing his research in the understanding of physiological changes of breathing at birth and resuscitation in the newborn.
Harish completed his intensive care and respiratory training at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has over 30 years’ experience in paediatric respiratory medicine and paediatric intensive care. He also has a long track record of paediatric research and has published many papers.
Dr. Jayesh Bhatt MBBS, MD, DCH, FRCPCH
Dr Bhatt is a consultant in respiratory paediatrics, looking after children with all respiratory problems. His special interests in respiratory paediatrics include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, pre-school wheeze, chronic cough, chronic lung disease of prematurity and orphan lung diseases.
Jayesh is director of the Nottingham children and young people’s cystic fibrosis service, which provides care for 160 children. He also provides respiratory expertise for the nationally-funded ataxia telangiectasia (AT) clinic in Nottingham and chairs the European task force developing consensus on the management of respiratory problems in AT.
Dr Bhatt works with a multi-disciplinary CF and respiratory team including consultant colleagues, specialist nurses, a respiratory physiotherapist, specialist dieticians, a clinical psychologist and social worker who provide shared care to more than 175 children with cystic fibrosis. Shared care clinics are held in five hospitals across the East Midlands region.
Nottingham is an approved grid training centre for respiratory paediatrics and Jayesh is the designated lead for respiratory paediatric training. At a national level he is chair of the college specialist advisory committee for paediatric respiratory medicine (PRM) and oversees all aspects of training in PRM in the UK. He supervises and trains all levels of paediatric trainees including foundation, specialty trainees, GP VTS trainees and respiratory grid trainees and is an MRCPCH examiner.
Dr Bhatt is actively involved with the British Paediatric Respiratory Society and has organised its very popular and annual summer meeting in Nottingham for eight years.
Dr David Thomas
Dr Thomas is a consultant paediatrician and runs the services for home ventilation and assessment of sleep disordered breathing. He researched breathing control and sleep deprivation in infants as a researcher.
Since his appointment to Nottingham Children's Hospital in 1996, David has researched and published about sedation in PICU, the use of biological agents in severe sepsis, tracheostomy care, non-invasive breathing support in bronchiolitis, and high dependency care across a health region. His current research interests include Robin sequence and Down syndrome, aiming to increase the evidence base for the treatment of sleep disordered breathing.
Dr Carol Bertenshaw
Dr Bertenshaw is a consultant in respiratory paediatrics. Originally from Manchester, she trained as a paediatrician in South Wales and Nottingham and has been working as a consultant with the general paediatric and respiratory teams since 2007.
Carol works part-time at least three days each week, making her a fairly constant presence in the cystic fibrosis clinic.
She has a regular commitment to the acute paediatric service of Nottingham Children's Hospital. She also has responsibilities for the training of medical students and paediatric doctors. At the moment she is working part-time in order to spend some time with her own family, with a husband, three children, two rabbits and a guinea pig!